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“Nothing really to see” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Panama Canal Railway

Panama Canal Railway
Colon, Panama
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Ranked #7 of 14 Attractions in Colon
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Sydney, Australia
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“Nothing really to see”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

OK, we had free coffee (at 25$ the entry ticket) but except the panama lake and the jungle around, you don't see much. We were expecting to be able to see the canal, but from the train (even in the panoramic wagon, you can't see nothing. Not worth doing it.

Visited June 2013
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“Only for those who want the experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Only for those who want the experience of the shortest transcontinental train ride in the world would we recommend this. We opted for the dome car for a better view but you don't have to. What will you see? You won't see much of the construction of the new canal that is being built. You won't see many birds or much wildlife. You will see a lot of rain forest but we weren't told much about the history of the railway. You won't see anything historic, nor will the train stop for any post card views (and there aren't very many of them) The snack provided consisted of a few cookies and a bottle of water. You will wonder why you spent your money on this because it really isn't worth it.

Visited April 2013
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houston
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“Fun and Historical”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The Panama Canal Railroad was critical in the development of the canal.
Riding the train to Colon is fun and interesting. It is well appointed and Air conditioned.
Get there early to get the dome car seats.

Visited March 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Nice quick ride to/from Panama City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I took the evening train from Colon to Panama City after a day at Gatun Locks and Portobelo. The train in the morning leaves at 7:15 a.m. and the one in the evening leaves at 5:15 p.m. The ticket is $25 and when I got on there were plenty of seats. The ride is 1 hour and there is nice scenary on the way as you pass Gatun and Miraflores locks. The train is very clean and they serve beverages as well as snacks.

Visited February 2013
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“Panama Canal Railway”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Did this trip last year and was sort of bored. I am glad I did it...but the next time I go to the Panama Canal, I am going to go out on GATUN LAKE. We did go see the locks, but sort of difficult to see everything because of the crowds. Just do the boat tour... probably more bang for your buck!

Visited December 2012
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